Command Staff

Business OfficeKish
Manager Andrew Kish
Andrew Kish joined the Department in March 1991, migrating from the Aerospace industry as a financial manager. Upon arrival to the Sheriff’s Department, Andrew was put in charge of the financial program management of the five contract cities. Currently he manages or has oversight for the financial operations of the Sheriff’s Department. Andrew Kish received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Accounting from the California State University at Dominguez Hills and has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of La Verne.

 

Camarillo Police ServicesMurray
Commander Dave Murray
Commander Dave Murray is a 27-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office having lateraled from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in 1990, where his law enforcement career began. Dave was born in Bakersfield and moved to Ventura where he graduated from St. Bonaventura High School. He attended Ventura College where he played baseball and earned his Associative Arts degree in general studies. Dave attended California State University at Long Beach and Southwest University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. Dave promoted to Senior Deputy in 1996 and Sergeant in 2001. During his time in both ranks, he worked in Detention Services, Patrol Services, and as a Recruit Training Officer at the Academy. Dave also worked in Professional Standards and served as the Adjutant to the Undersheriff before being promoted to captain in 2010. As a Sheriff’s Captain, Dave worked as a patrol Watch Commander, managed the Court Services Bureau and was assigned as the Academy Director prior to his promotion to Commander in 2016. During Commander Murray’s tenure as a captain, he also managed both the K-9 Unit and SWAT team. Upon promotion to commander, Dave was temporarily assigned to the Support Services Division where he had oversight of Professional Standards/Internal Affairs, Audits & Inspections, Academy, In-Service Training, Range, and the Peer Support program. In January 2017, Dave was selected to serve as the Chief of Police for the city of Camarillo. Dave and his wife Lisa have three sons and they reside in Ventura.

 

WatkinsEast County Administration
Commander Randy Watkins
Commander Randy Watkins is a 29-year veteran of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. Randy was raised in Massachusetts and moved to California with his family when he was 16-years-old. He graduated from Adolfo Camarillo High School and then enlisted in the United States Air Force. After his distinguished military service, Randy returned to Camarillo and joined the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office in 1988. Over the course of his career with the Sheriff’s Office, Randy has worked in a variety of different assignments including investigations, patrol, administration and custody. As a captain, Randy recently managed the Court Services Bureau and had previously worked in the Sheriff’s Communication Center as the patrol watch commander. He is currently the Peace Officers Association of Ventura County President and the past President of the Ventura County Deputy Sheriff’s Association. Randy has attended the California POST Supervisory Leadership Institute and holds a Master’s Degree in Emergency Services Administration from California State University, Long Beach.Randy was promoted to commander in February of 2017. He is currently assigned to the East County Patrol Station in Thousand Oaks. He is responsible for the patrol operation in the cities of Thousand Oaks and Moorpark. Randy also oversees the Mounted Enforcement Unit, Tactical Response Team, Reserve Deputy Program and the Chaplain cadre.

 

PirieHuman Resources
Manager Tracey Pirie
Sheriff’s Bureau Manager I, Tracey Pirie, joined the Sheriff’s Department in April 2008. She is currently responsible for the Human Resources and Records units within Sheriff’s Support Services. The Human Resources unit provides the day-to-day human resources support for the Department including recruitment and retention, benefits, labor relations and background investigations. The Records unit maintains and provides information to the public, law enforcement and the courts in terms of live scan fingerprinting, permits and licenses, criminal records, warrants, etc. Ms. Pirie has over 25 years of public sector experience in Human Resources. She possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Business from California State University, Northridge and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Public Administration.

 

WadePre-Trial Detention Facility
Commander Cheryl Wade
Commander Cheryl Wade joined the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office in June of 1985 and promoted to the rank of Commander in 2005. Having been in command of each bureau within the Sheriff’s Office, Cheryl’s diverse law enforcement experience includes the command of not only patrol and custody, but also that of S.W.A.T., Bomb Unit, Narcotics, Major Crimes, Criminal Intelligence, Aviation, Sheriff’s System Bureau, Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), Professional Standards, Academy, Mounted Patrol, Search and Rescue, Technical Services Unit, and Tactical Negotiations Unit. Cheryl’s current command responsibilities include a staff of approximately 351 with a budget over $59 million. A variety of assignments throughout her 32 years in law enforcement have provided her with increased responsibility and leadership opportunities, as well as, opportunities to collaborate with community members, County department leaders, business leaders, and non-profit/community organizations to find sustainable solutions to community problems thereby enhancing the quality of life for county residents. Cheryl has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management from California Lutheran University, a Master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University Northridge, and a Master’s degree in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School–Center for Homeland Defense and Security. She has been a board member of the Ventura County Management Council since 2009 and currently serves in the capacity of Vice President. Also, Cheryl was appointed by Board of Supervisor Linda Parks in 2017 as an advisory member of the Ventura County Women’s Economic Roundtable.

 

KenneySpecial Services
Commander Dave Kenney
Commander Dave Kenney joined the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office in 1990. Over the course of his career, Dave has had the opportunity to work in three of the Sheriff’s four divisions, including assignments at five different patrol stations. Some of his past assignments include: Resident Deputy for the Lockwood Valley, Special Enforcement Gang Officer for Headquarters Patrol Station, Risk Assessment Officer and Classifications Unit Supervisor at two different custody facilities, Jail Watch Commander, Legal Unit Sergeant, Camarillo Station Administrative Sergeant/Field Training Officer Coordinator, Patrol Watch Commander, and Detention Services Administrative Captain. Dave also worked many years with the Sheriff’s Aviation-Search & Rescue Unit where he began as a Helicopter Crew Chief and later became the Sheriff’s Search & Rescue Coordinator overseeing six separate search and rescue teams. Dave ultimately became the Captain of the Aviation Unit and oversaw all airborne and search and rescue operations for the Sheriff’s Office. Prior to his promotion to Commander, Dave served the City of Ojai as Chief of Police from 2012 to 2017 where he oversaw all crime control strategies for the City of Ojai and the unincorporated Ojai Valley. Dave was promoted to Commander in January 2017. He is currently assigned to the Special Services Division where he oversees Major Crimes, Narcotics, and the Sheriff’s Systems Bureau. He also oversees the Aviation-Search & Rescue Unit, Intelligence Unit, Crime Analysis Unit, and the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (S.W.A.T.) Dave was born in Glendale, Ca. and moved to Ventura County in 1977. He is a graduate of Newbury Park High School and also attended Moorpark College. Dave holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from California Coast University. In addition, Dave has traveled all over the world running marathons as a member of “Cops Running for Charity.” He has completed marathons on all seven continents in support of various charitable organizations; such as: Make a Wish, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

 

Technical ServicesGill
Manager Nivanjit Gill
Forensic Bureau Manager, Dr. Nivan Gill, joined the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office in March of 2015. She has laboratory experience of over 31 years. Currently she has oversight over the operations of the Ventura County Forensic Science Laboratory. Nivan served as a Forensic Scientist at the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department for 24 years. She was a Forensic Manager and in-charge of oversight of Toxicology, Controlled Substances, Forensic Alcohol, Latent Fingerprint and Crime Scene Units. Nivan has a Ph. D degree in medical sciences from Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research and has received Bachelor Science and Master of Science degree in Zoology from Punjab University. These institutes are located in Chandigarh, India. She has authored 19 research publications. She is a certified ASCLD/Lab ISO 17025 Assessor since 2008 and ASCLD/LAB Legacy inspector since 2005 and has participated in several national and international lab assessments. She is a member of several professional organizations, including California Association of Crime Lab Directors. Nivan’s hobbies are hiking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

 

HagelThousand Oaks Police Services
Commander Tim Hagel
Commander Tim Hagel is assigned as the Chief of Police for the City of Thousand Oaks. Tim has been employed with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office since 1987. He was born and raised in the City of Thousand Oaks and after graduating from Thousand Oaks High School he attended Moorpark College. Tim transferred to the California State University system and attended Humboldt, Northridge and Dominguez Hills Universities. He graduated with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He began his career with the Sheriff’s Office as a volunteer Reserve Deputy and was assigned to the Thousand Oaks Police Station. Since then, Tim has worked in every Division in the Sheriff’s Jurisdiction including assignments in the Sheriff’s Helicopter Rescue Unit, four different jails, patrol services in Fillmore, Thousand Oaks, Moorpark and nearly all of the unincorporated communities. In addition, Commander Hagel has worked assignments as a detective in felony investigations, narcotics and the internal audit unit. For many years he was the Search and Rescue Coordinator and Emergency Operation Center Planning Section Chief. Tim was assigned as the Chief of Police for Fillmore and later the Commander of the West County Patrol Services where he has oversight of unincorporated communities from Lockwood Valley to the ocean, including the Santa Clara, Ventura and Ojai Valleys. He also managed the Sheriff gang unit, office of emergency services and the county 911 center. Commander Hagel is a recipient of the Medal of Valor and the Ventura County Innovative Manager of the Year.

 

DavidsonTodd Road Jail
Commander Rob Davidson
Commander Rob Davidson began his career with the Sheriff’s Office in 1991. In his many years with the Sheriff’s Office, Rob has worked in the Patrol, Detention, Support and Special Services Divisions. Rob spent 9 years as a detective investigating sex crimes, robberies and assaults and his final 4 years as a homicide detective. Rob also worked as an Internal Affairs investigator and understands the importance of maintaining the public’s trust through high ethical standards and transparency. As a Captain, Rob oversaw the administrative functions of the Detention Services Division, the Sheriff’s largest division. As a Commander Rob has oversight of Internal Affairs, the Academy and the Inspections and Audit Unit.
Rob is passionate about his involvement with the K-9 Unit and served 4 years as the Unit Captain; he remains involved with the K-9’s as the Treasurer of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Canine Foundation.
Rob received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from CSU, Stanislaus and holds a Master’s Degree in Leadership with an emphasis on Public Policy from the University of Southern California (Fight On!).
Rob lives in Ventura with his wife Terri, together they have three children and 2 dogs. They spend their free time travelling out of state to see their kids in college and can be found walking their dogs at the beach.

 

BarriosWest County Administration
Commander Rick Barrios
Rick Barrios Jr. was born and raised in the City of Ventura and graduated from Ventura High School. Rick began his career with the Sheriff’s Office as a Cadet at the old Sheriff’s Station on Poli Street. He later became a Sheriff’s Service Technician at the Main Jail and at the age of 20, was hired as a Deputy Sheriff.Rick has worked every station in the Sheriff’s Jurisdiction including the contract cities of Thousand Oaks, Fillmore, Camarillo and Ojai. He was named officer of the year in 1989 in the City of Camarillo and again in 1993 in the City of Ojai.A majority of Rick’s career has been in the investigative field. This includes several years in Undercover Narcotics and Robbery / Homicide. When promoted to management, Rick was a Watch Commander in Patrol and spent a short time managing the Detention Services budget. Soon Rick was back into investigations and was the Captain of Major Crimes. He had oversight of the Homicide/Robbery Unit, Sexual Assault Unit, Cold Case Homicide Unit, Crime Analysis Unit, Financial Crimes and Agricultural Crimes. Just after Sheriff Dean was elected in 2011, Rick was promoted to Sheriff’s Commander. His first assignment was West County Patrol which included the contract cities of Ojai and Fillmore. Other responsibilities included the unincorporated patrol areas, the Office of Emergency Services, Sheriff Dispatch and the Sheriff’s Gang Unit.After a short stint in Support Services, Rick was transferred to the Pre-Trial Detention Facility where he led the charge for over three years. Rick had oversight of the Main Jail, Courts, the Civil Unit, Sheriff Transportation, the Juvenile Justice Center and the East County Jail. In 2016, Rick returned to his original assignment as Commander of West County Patrol. His goal is to work with his deputies and professional staff and make our neighborhoods safe and free from crime. Rick is also working on several programs to build partnerships with our youth and the future of our many communities. Rick earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree in Emergency Services Administration from California State University, Long Beach. “In my 35+ years with the Sheriff’s Office, I have been blessed with the opportunity to work some exciting and very challenging assignments. These opportunities gave me the ability to make a significant difference in the Sheriff’s Office and the many communities that we serve. I have built lifelong loyal friendships with several of my fellow deputies and support staff who I now consider family!”